Hours later, the new adviser’s Wikipedia page was amended by a clearly angry Ukrainian user, who wrote that “the Ukrainian internet community compare Miguel Forbes with Gérard Depardieu, Jean-Claude Van Damme and other fading celebrities from the West who are trying to make some money in heavily corrupted post Soviet countries.”
A couple of hours later, chief editor of Forbes Ukraine Vladimir Fedorin said there is no formal agreement between the oligarch’s business group and Miguel Forbes. “I agreed to offer advice. No formal position,” the latter was quoted as saying.
This confusion adds fuel to an already fiery debate in Ukraine about Forbes’ ethical position and even prospects for business in Ukraine after last month Kurchenko took over UMH Group, which publishes Forbes Ukraine, and owns a number of other influential media.